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Mad River Theater Works presents "Freedom Riders"

Marquis Series
Sinclair Auditorium
Wednesday, Feb 2, 2022 at 7:00 PM (CT)

Freedom Riders is the latest edition to the canon of American History plays by Mad River
Theater Works. This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and
courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the
Civil Rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working
together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus
attention on the cruelties of segregation.

Set in 1961, fifteen years after the United States Supreme Court had outlawed
segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the South still enforced a rigid system of
separating black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders, both black and white
Americans, from the North and the South, decided to travel together on buses that
crossed state lines despite the hateful segregation and racism that had a strong hold in
so many parts of the United States. The unforgettable heroes, and the facts behind the
events portrayed in Freedom Riders, are essential to a full understanding of the Civil
Rights era and American history.

Play by Jeff Hooper. Music by Bob Lucas.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

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